The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control over Their Lives
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Listening Length 11 hours and 35 minutes
Author Ned Johnson, William Stixrud PhD
Narrator Kaleo Griffith
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date February 13, 2018
Publisher Penguin Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B0797ZV1RJ
Best Sellers Rank #1,654 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#3 in Educational Psychology (Books)
#7 in Child Psychology (Audible Books & Originals)
#14 in Education & Learning

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Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic resource for raising happy and healthy children
By Huntington Lyman on February 17, 2018
I am a teacher and administrator with more than thirty years working in independent schools, as well as a parent of an 18 year old son. I often read books like this one, but I rarely find any that are truly helpful. This book is the exception. The authors have very different perspectives, but they align beautifully on truths that I think are essential for parents. To name the most important controlling idea in the book: no parent can force a child to assume positive agency over his or her life. A great deal flows from that basic premise; this book will help parents move from being their child's manager to being their consultant. The authors also address many of the most important practical areas parents crave advice on, including technology use, sleep, learning disabilities, and standardized tests. The foundation for their advice is a clear understanding of the brain, which grounds their philosophy and suggestions in clear scientific understandings. As an added benefit, the writing style is clear, unpretentious, and often very humorous. I recommend this book strongly to parents, teachers, school administrators, and anyone else interested in providing today's children with the conditions that will encourage healthy child development and growth.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a manager, be a consultant
By Rachel Rainbolt on September 25, 2020
In The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, Dr. William Stixrud (a neuropsychologist) and Ned Johnson (a test prep specialist) provide the hard science, inspiring anecdotes, and practical how-to’s to get you out of your kid’s way. Children need agency to live fulfilling lives, so don’t be a manager, be a non-anxious consultant. It’s a parenting book at heart, but one that is so relevant to the homeschool journey.

This book is a powerhouse that I enthusiastically recommend for homeschoolers, which is ironic since the book is written squarely from within a traditional schooling paradigm—odd since school is the biggest culprit denying most children and teens any meaningful control over their lives. The authors do go so far as to call school a “brain-toxic environment,” but never go so far as to explicitly consider an alternative like self-directed education. Really it’s a testament to how good this book is that it reaches across the educational aisle and applies to homeschooling so perfectly.

“‘It’s your call. I have confidence in your ability to make informed decisions about your own life and to learn from your mistakes.'”
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Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018
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Reviewed in Canada on December 19, 2018
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